In the very near future, there’ll be a wave of employees flocking back to work. The transition from “work from away” to work from the office by “staying apart” is likely to be a challenging one. There’ll be new screening requirements in most workplaces. Personal hygiene and frequent workspace sanitization may alter work schedules. And…of course, social distancing is likely to prevail.
Now, more than ever, having the appropriate workplace software can make a world of difference in ensuring a stress-free transition for your staff.
Believe it or not, but most – if not all! – of your employees are likely chomping at the bit to get back to the office. Some will have personal reasons. Like a yearning for freedom from the kids or eagerness to get the latest watercooler gossip. Others just miss the social interaction with colleagues and friends that the workspace offers. Whatever the reason, that transition won’t come easily.
So, what can you do to make it less stressful for your staff?
Here are four things that employers should consider:
1) If possible, be flexible about workplace timings. Allow staff to start and finish work at different times – at least initially – until they fully transition into the new norm.
2) This flexibility may mean colleagues share workspaces and other resources, like desks, cubicles, specialized tools, equipment and work productivity devices. Use a high-end space management software to make it easier for staff to schedule office space, conference rooms, and office equipment.
3) Due to stricter than normal office cleaning and sanitization protocols. It is likely that some high-use workspaces and workplace assets may be unavailable for use on a rotating basis. The right Room Scheduling software allows staff to reserve rooms ahead of time, through an intuitive and easy to use interface. No more will staff scramble to find alternate workspace as they see the cleaning crew heading their way!
4) And speaking of not having to scramble, how about making the booking and scheduling of meeting rooms. And conference rooms more scramble-proof for your staff? Obviously, because of office social distancing protocols. Office administrators won’t allow a 10-room meeting room to seat ten individuals any longer.
Equipping these common-use spaces with Room Display Touchscreens is the simplest way to bring order and efficiency to managing these spaces. Why have your staff clamber to check availability of a given space, when they can get all the details about that room with a few taps of the touchscreen mounted just outside the door?
Anything that employers can do to relieve the stress of back to work transition – they must! Because staff are returning into a brand-new work world, they’ll be on edge – at least initially. Having strong workplace software aid in the transition will go a long way in making the change less stressful for your returning teams.
Not only will these few steps make the return to work less stressful, it’ll make your staff happy. And a happy workforce is always a more productive one!